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A Lady Never Lies is the third story in The Windsor Diaries series. I have not read the previous stories, this did not seem to be a problem in following this tale. The Windsor family are the adult children of the modern day British Royal family. With the permission of the government they use a time machine to travel back to Victorian England. This story centers on a young woman from the Victorian time period named Jocelyn Dunkirk. She is a noble lady of unconventional character who is more interested in tinkering and inventing with her father and trying to help clean the air of coal dust and smoke, than with sticking with expected protocol and gender roles. Richard Windsor is the modern day Prince of Wales and next in line to the throne. During his travels through time, he fell hard for Jocelyn but duty required he leave her, and now he is returning to her time to capture her heart.
The story opens on the night of the wedding of Edmund Windsor, Richards brother, and his new bride Keira, a woman from the Victorian time. Like Richard, Edmund fell for a woman out of his time. He chose to stay with her in her time and marry her. While at the wedding, the ring Richard left Jocelyn with to prove his affection, began acting strange and heating up. When she removed it from her fingers, her father noticed it sparking. As he leaned over the ring to inspect it, ash from his cigar fell on the ring and it causes a massive explosion. The ballroom is rocked and Jocelyn is thrown backwards, injuring her ankle. When she recovers her wits, she finds her father badly injured and burned. Festivities are halted as the Lord Ridgecroft, Jocelyn’s father, is carried from the room. At this moment Richard Windsor returns in time to see the woman he loves, terrified and angry that the ring he gave her caused this event, rushing out after her father.
The Lord Ridgecroft’s injuries are severe, but there is no time to dwell. The coal miners of England are on strike and the country is quickly starting to suffer. Parliament assigns Jocelyn to help convince the miners and the bosses to settle and she must be off to handle this business in her father’s place. What she did not expect to learn is that an unknown male cousin will be set to inherit her father’s title and lands if he were to succumb to his injuries. Due to a condition in her grandfather’s will, only males may inherit. So now Jocelyn must meet this cousin and take his measure while he accompanies her on the mission to settle the coal miners strike. During all of this stress, Jocelyn must decide where her heart lies. Can she be with Richard? He cannot stay in her time, but she cannot leave her father behind.
This book was described as steampunk, though I don’t find it to be so. Yes Jocelyn tinkers with a couple of items, which don’t get much description, and there seem to be steam engines, it is more like a time travel story with a small nod to steampunk. I was hoping for more on that front.
The bones of the story were good. Though I felt it lacked the support to be great. It was a quick read with little atmosphere or description. The love scenes were short and lacked description or heat. The personalities of the characters were not developed, nor were the relationships. To me it felt very rushed and I could have used much more detail to get me invested. I was never able to latch onto a character’s motivation for why they behaved the way they did and in the case of the main character, was conflicted in her behavior. She repeatedly said nothing mattered but being with her father, but didn’t argue or second guess the trip to deal with the strike. I suppose duty to country is important, but without enough insight to understand the characters, it made little sense.
I loved the idea of the story, but I just wanted more from it. It does end with a tie-in to bring the reader back for the next story and I may start from the first and read the series to see if the characters get more fleshed out with time.
I love a spunky steampunk heroine who behaves outside the societal norms. Jocelyn Dunkirk definitely fits the bill. Yet, despite her hard edges, when it comes to Richard she embraces her softer side. And, what woman wouldn’t want to be wooed by the future king of England?
However, they both have their duties to uphold. Hers is to help end a crippling coal strike. Richard is hoping to ensure the future economy of his country. How will these two ever find time for love?
Each book in the series stands on its own but, as always, they’re better when read together.
This review was originally posted on Notes From a Romantic's Heart on September 13, 2016 as part of a promotional tour. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
This is another imaginative steampunk tale that continues to speculate on the effects of time-travel and the way society would change if it was dependent on a different form of energy. The intriguing inventions that are described make one wish that they still existed and the flowering relationships between the Windsors and those they encounter continue to mature. It gets a little confusing keeping track of who is from which era and I think a legend would be useful, especially since some characters are referred to by one name and then another, plus the necessity of setting up the leading couples of subsequent series gets a little awkward as more characters are added to the time-traveling jaunts.
I love that the women have such pivotal roles and are not consigned to secondary positions, despite the strictures imposed by society’s mores. It would probably be difficult to read this story as a stand-alone, because there are so many threads connecting to the other tales, but it is great to get updates on the progress of the other couples. The author does a nice job of evoking the atmosphere of historical England as it works through the growing pains of industrialization, and she provides thought-provoking scenarios of ‘what-ifs’. I think that the landscape is getting a bit crowded with the displaced time travelers and I am curious how things are going to be ultimately resolved but, given the epilogue to this story, I doubt that is going to happen in the near future…or is that the distant past?
A copy of this story was provided to me for review
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